This is so contemporary: Museums, Studios, Galleries, Collections
“This is so contemporary” is the title of a work first presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale. The performance was a reflection on contemporary art. But what is contemporary art? This question will guide students to define the parameters of contemporary art and to find their place as emerging artists. This course begins with a series of field trips in New York City to museums, galleries and exhibition spaces to view and discuss contemporary artworks. We will visit artists’ studios and talk with artists about the making of their artworks, the process of finding subject matter, and what it means to be a contemporary artist. Private collections of contemporary art will be included, and their owners will discuss their ambitions as collectors. Finally, we will visit gardens that represent a contemporary expression of nature in art. Each student will keep an artist’s journal with visuals inspired by course material.